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Preventative Maintenance On Your Home

It’s a corollary of Murphy’s Law: When you are least able to afford a major expense, something big is bound to break down. The solution: Take preventive action before a breakdown turns into an emergency. To help you plan ahead, we give you an overview of what to expect for six major items. (Note: Total cost is for a 2,000-square-foot home or to install a single unit.)

Does the condition of the “moving parts” of your home effect value?  Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com for your value questions.


Expected life: Boiler, 13 to 21 years; furnace, 15 to 20 years.

Total cost: Forced-air furnace, $1,693 to $2,020; split system, $1,604 to $2,290; oil boiler, $2,773 to $3,069.

It’s time if: You need frequent repairs or have rising energy bills, rooms that are consistently too hot or cold, humidity problems, or excessive noise. If your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old, an energy-efficient replacement will cut your utility bills.

Where to start: Use search tools at the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (http://www.acca.org) and Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (http://www.phccweb.org).

Read more at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/home/sns-201302211800–tms–kplngmpctnkm-a20130308-20130308,0,5453154.story

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1 Way of 24 Ways to Save Energy Now

#10 of the series

Wrap hot-water pipes – especially those within three feet of your water heater.  Use polyethylene or neoprene foam insulation eases heat loss and raises water temperature 2 to 4 degrees so you can turn down the heater (for each 10 degrees F reduction you save 3 to 5% in energy costs).  Place sleeve seams face-down and secure them every foot or so with acrylic tape, wire or cable ties.

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1 Way of 24 Ways to Save Energy Now

#8 of the Series

Upgrade to an Energy Star hot-water heater – If you current HW heater is more than 10 years old and it’s time to shop for a new water heater make sure to select the highest energy factor you can afford.  You’ll save $40 to $300 annually because the new units use 14 to 50% less energy than a standard model.

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